Easter Sunday is officially around the corner and that means I’m planning away for my cooking festivities! I normally entertain for my family and my fiancé, so this means that lots of food is involved. Over the years I have acquired a lot of favorite recipes, some healthy and some not so healthy, which I wanted to share with you.
I’m a big advocate of coconut oil, which I use as a replacement for butter or oil in each recipe. To use this healthy fat, simply swap out any recipe in a 1:1 ratio. Coconut oil is especially great in baked goods and I can honestly say that this is my favorite way to use it. I do use an Organic unrefined coconut oil, which is the best way to go when wanting to reap the natural health benefits.
Here’s a list of my all-time favorite Easter recipes:
Holiday Ham –Ham is a tradition in my household and sometimes I do like my ham dressed up with some spices and broth, versus being boiled in plain water. All the flavors blend really well with each other and you can also omit the confectioner’s sugar if you want to stick with a saltier version.
Roasted Potatoes – Red potatoes with ham have been a classic dish for me, so I have incorporated sautéing the potatoes in coconut oil, which is delish! Feel free to add minced onions and even green peppers to brighten this side dish.
Orange Glazed Vegetables – Vegetables are a staple at my Easter gatherings and I do like to get creative, instead of sticking with boring green beans. This mix also contains sweet potatoes, which doubles as another side dish for those who don’t like regular potatoes. You’ll notice that the coconut oil compliments the carrots, apricots, and sweet potatoes perfectly. Feel free to add a dash of cinnamon to the top for an added touch.
Chocolate Coconut Clusters – Chocolate and coconut are two combinations which never get old to me! I have always been obsessed with the coconut nests that come out around Easter time, so being able to make my own at home is wonderful. This dessert is great for children since they can help decorate the coconut clusters with an Easter theme of choice.
Coconut Layer Cake – I love this cake because it’s lower in carbohydrates, which is great for any guests who may be diabetic and still want to enjoy a little sweet treat. Coconut always seems to go with Easter festivities and this cake is layered up with it! You’ll notice that the cake also comes out light and fluffy, which I particularly like because you won’t feel so weighed down after dinner.
I hope that you enjoy your Holiday weekend and create some delicious dishes on Sunday!
Do you have a favorite Easter recipe?